Hall, Mary Frances (1930~2005) Mary Frances Hall was born October 9, 1930, in Bowie, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Vestal. Her father was the Superintendent of Schools in several Texas towns including Dublin, Seagraves and Dimmit. Her mother was an elementary school teacher.
Mary grew up in Dublin until her junior year in high school when she moved with her parents to Seagraves. She graduated there with honors in 1947, and then enrolled at Texas Technological College where she majored in journalism.
While a student, she obtained a position as a student reporter for the college newspaper. Her editor was her future husband, Jerry Hall. Mary continued working in newspapers in Lubbock and Hillsboro. She became an outstanding layout and design artist. In 1965, Mary, along with her family, moved to Austin, Texas. It was there that Glastron Boat Co., Bob Hammond & Associates and Fralix employed her as a writer and design artist.
Mary was well-known for her love of books. She was an avid reader and enjoyed many subjects. Books or some form of reading material often surrounded her. Mary also loved animals and would often take in stray cats or dogs.
Mary passed away on October 1, 2005 and will be buried next to her husband at The Texas State Cemetery.
Source: Austin American Statesman s.v. Hall, Mary.